Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Hardcover – 1 Dec 2011
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A phenomenon (Observer )
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Brilliant ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said? (Sunday Telegraph )
Dazzling ... a delight (The Economist )
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In which the book's central idea is set forth: namely, if morality represents how
people would like the world to work, then economics shows how it actually does
Why the conventional wisdom is so often wrong...How "experts"-from
criminologists to real-estate agents to political scientists-bend the facts...Why
knowing what to measure, and how to measure it, is the key to understanding
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Some of the case studies include bagel salesmen, sumo wrestlers, public school teachers, crack cocaine dealers and parents. This is a smart, fun book; but it's not for everyone. Through a high nerd prospective, the authors deliver a slide rule and pocket protector observation of some controversial subjects.
I've got the feeling that there's been a recent trend in the field of economics to try and put values on things like human happiness rather than deal exclusively with hard-nosed business and markets: a change of tack that broadens the appeal of their work to the general public. This book epitomizes this change and certainly had me thinking about a range of issues in a different way.
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